Jefferson(5-4) defeated Owosso 46-33 while Milan(8-1) dismantled AA Huron 48-0. Milan last defeated Jefferson on 16SEP16, 35-31 and leads the all-time series 14-8-1. The Bear's last playoff appearence was in 2006, while Milan has been a mainstay making it 9 out of the last 12 seasons. Jefferson has an all-time playoff record of 10-8 and the Big Reds chime in at 12-15.
Jefferson "backdoored" into the playoffs winning 4 of their last 5 games, earning them an at-large bid at 5-4. The Bears seem to be playing their best ball offensively led by HL Blog POY candidate Nick Humphrey. Brandon Sovey will be behind center and is ready to go. I sat down with both at a recruiting trip last Saturday and they are very excited to be in the playoffs. Coach Pickens has stayed the course from some early season hicupps and has his Bears primed for the post season, when nobody thought they had a chance.
Milan, the Huron League co-champ, has looked like the team to beat all year long. Playing great on both sides of the ball. They too are led by a HL Blog POY candidate in Trace Lindeman. Trace, a 4 years starter, has racked up some crazy numbers over his years and wants to go out with a bang in his final season. Coach Hoskins is doing what he has always done since he came into the league and that is win win win. Milan is the cream of the crop this year in the HL and they are primed to prove it.
All points lead to this game being in the 30's, points, not degrees, hopefully. Both teams have tremendous talent on the offensive side. Whoever can get a stop and not turn the ball over will most likely come out on top. Can Jefferson keep Barnes and Lindeman bottled up just enough? Can Milan figure out the T and Keep Mr. Humphrey and crew from chewing up yardage and clock? Rematches such as this, more times than not, have a different outcome than the first affair. My gut says pick the fiesty Bears but I am going with the Champs at home. They are the champs for a reason.
Pick: Milan 36 Jefferson 31
(Chris' pick: Milan 27 Jefferson 21)